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Venice art history tour

In this Venice art history tour, you will visit palaces and museums from the 15th century and discover San Michele, Torcello, Burano, and San Giorgio islands. You will also admire the masterpieces of Tiziano, Tintoretto, and Veronese and discover squares and churches off the beaten path. The tour is led by Silvia, an art history professional passionate about Venice’s golden age.

Venice art history tour

Trip in a nutshell

  • Ideal for: history buffs and art and art lovers
  • Highlights: a journey through the lagoon of Venice and stunning masterpieces
  • What you will learn: how could a small city like Venice became so powerful, past , present and future of Venice’s lagoon
  • Local professional guide throughout your entire trip
  • Length:  2 days
  • Starts from San Marco square
  • Transportation: walking tour and boats
  • Price: starting from €900 per person (based on a group of 4 people).


Day 1 Venice art history tour – Discover aristocratic palaces, historic pastry shop, and Tintoretto

We will start from Piazza San Marco, the heart of Venice for over 800 years. After a short tour of the basilica, we will then explore the architecture and interiors of the Doge’s Palace, the residence of the Doges. Climb through the golden staircase with me and see the largest painting in the world! After the visit, we will have lunch in one of my favorite places that I discovered when I studied at the local Art university.

In the afternoon, the Domus Grimani awaits us. It is indeed a jewel among the aristocratic palaces of Venice.  We will then visit the churches of San Zanipolo, next to the school of San Marco, and the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. San Zanipolo represents a milestone in Venice’s history because the Doges were buried here

Time for coffee! Let’s stop at the historic pastry shop of  Rosa Salva. We will then resume the journey towards a jewel of the Renaissance, a treasure chest of precious marbles hidden in the streets. In fact, the church of Santa Maria Nova is located in a small square hidden from most tourists.

Finally, we will cross the Rialto bridge to reach the other bank of the Grand Canal and visit the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari. A masterpiece from Tiziano is waiting for us here! Turning the corner instead,  grumpy Tintoretto welcomes us to the Scuola di San Rocco.

Day 2 Venice art history tour – Gems in the lagoon: San Michele, Torcello, Burano, and San Giorgio islands

In order to truly understand Venice, you need to understand its unique environment. The lagoon is indeed a delicate and fragile ecosystem striving to find the right balance between accessibility and sustainability. Furthermore, there are more than 100 islands in the lagoon, some are totally uninhabited, others tiny and everyone has a rich historical heritage.

Our boat will leave from foundation nine to the island of San Michele. This island hosts one of the most romantic cemeteries in the world, where Ezra Pound, Emilio Vedova, and Sergei Diaghilev rest.

We will then head to remote Torcello, so loved by Ernest Hemingway. In fact, the writer here drew inspiration for one of the latest novels.  Colorful Burano is next, with its brightly colored houses to be spotted in the fog. Finally, we will land on the island of San Giorgio and see the great church of Palladio. The church hosts contemporary art exhibitions.  We can also climb on top of the bell tower and enjoy the most beautiful view of the city at sunset.

Join me on this golden age tour of Venice, the learning experience is guaranteed!

The point of interest

Are you ready to discover the Golden Age of Venice with Silvia?

Contact us and receive a tailored, nonbinding offer within 3 days!

Is included

  • Entrance to all sights mentioned in the program
  • 2 typical lunches
  • Ferry boat transportation to the Islands
  • 1 night in a 3 start hotel with breakfast
  • A local professional guide throughout your trip
  • Pre-trip support and assistance during your trip


Is not included, but can be arranged

  • Private boat transportation to the islands
  • Gondola ride over the grand canal
  • Artesan shopping tour
  • Any other destination/experience not specified in the program

What to bring – useful info

  • Wear comfortable shoe
  • Wind jacket for the boat ride
  • Bring a light daypack with one bottle of water

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